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Topic: Life

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10 Strategies for Cultivating Meekness

In the sermon “Blessed are the Meek,” Pastor Colin Smith defined meekness as, “The means by which God tames the sinful soul by taming the temper, subduing the assertive self, calming the passions, managing the impulses of the heart, and bringing order out of chaos in the soul.” He compared […]

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What To Do When the Cultural Mood Gets You Down

Every once in a while I come across a very encouraging but overlooked verse in the Bible. It is usually tucked away in the writings of a rarely preached upon prophet or overshadowed by more impactful theology. I rarely hear it quoted, if at all. No matter, it is a gem. I ran into one of those […]

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What Is the Good Life?

I’ve never met a single person who wants to live a bad life. That’s because everyone wants to live the good life. We all long to be blessed. The problem is, people in our world have very different perceptions of what exactly the good life is. Is the good life […]

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15 Beautiful Benefits of the Word of God

My time spent with the Lord can feel all across the map and often, unpredictable. But this is no commentary on the Word. For Scripture is a firm foundation that never changes. Rather, it is a commentary on the state of my own heart and the many life circumstances that I […]

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Glory Not in Your Independence

I love playing the hero. And when I say “love,” what I mean is that I simply cannot resist the tendency to do so. To appear weak before other people, to admit that I cannot perform certain functions or that I’m at a loss, often seems like the worst kind […]

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Seven Questions to Evaluate Your Progress in the Christian Life

These questions came directly out of a fresh examination of my own life some years ago. When I first raised them it was during a significant year in ministry, having served in the States as long as I had served in London—sixteen years. I asked myself, “What’s happened to me […]

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Three Ways to Grow While You Wait

Waiting is not wasted time. Often, though, it seems to be! I am waiting for the train. I am waiting for my appointment. I am waiting in a long queue. Sound familiar? Waiting can seem futile, so we look for something to do while we are waiting. This is why […]

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Believer, Let Your Life Speak of Christ

Within the human soul is the desire to be remembered. For many of us, we want deeply to make a difference in the world, to have the people who knew us look back upon our lives and exclaim, “What a mark they left.” This is the power of living by […]

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The Distinguishing Marks of a Christian

Think with me for a moment about bird spotting (or bird watching). Imagine yourself picking up a pair of binoculars, and then you set out looking to spot a few feathered friends. You look towards the trees and you see an American Goldfinch. How do you know it’s an American […]

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Three Marks of a Godly Person

The Bible tell us that King David was a man after God’s own heart. So what set him apart as such? David was a regenerated man, a man with a new heart, a man with a different spirit than other men of the world. We read of his godliness throughout […]

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Bible Q&A: Why Is Church Attendance So Important?

We recently received this comment on our Unlocking the Bible YouTube™ channel as a response to Pastor Colin’s video “Church Attendance: Why Is It So Important for Me to Go?” And I thought it might be helpful for you to see one rapidly spreading mindset about the church and church […]

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The Belt of Truth, Part I

Ephesians 6:10-13 is a “wake you up” passage: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, […]

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The Best Way to Serve Your Family

  Forget balance. Pursue alignment. Pastor Colin Smith covers faith, parenting, and the family in his sermon “Forget Balance, Pursue Alignment,” shared at Moody Founders Week last month in Chicago. Preaching from Deuteronomy 6, Pastor Colin unfolds the following principle: Love the LORD first, and your family will be blessed. Love […]

Four False Pictures of the Church

The Bible’s teaching about the church isn’t easy to grasp. The church is a “mystery.” It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that we can really begin to understand it at all. God wants us to know who we are, and so He teaches us through pictures, […]

22 Christmas Gift Ideas from Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible has put together a list of recommended books for everyone on your Christmas list! Browse through our selection below or in the Christmas Gift List part of our store.   LifeKEYS Daily Devotional One-Year Subscription The Gift that Keeps on Giving! Our LifeKEYS Daily Devotional booklet is now available […]

Four Transforming Experiences of the Love of God

Many Christians live at a great distance from a felt experience of the love of God.  So much Christianity in the West is shallow and satisfied.  It affirms a creed but it so often lacks spiritual life. Across the country there are millions of people who have a faith, who’ve […]

Why is Godliness with Contentment Great Gain?

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness is a God-centered life. It grows, not through the pursuit of a process, but through the presence of a person. Jesus Christ is the mystery of godliness (1 Timothy 3:16). His presence in your life is your hope of becoming […]

What are the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount?

The Sermon on the Mount is a sermon preached by Jesus Christ describing basic truths of how to live the Christian life. It is found in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.  The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ longest discourse anywhere in the Bible and contains many well-known Christian […]

11 Bible Verses on Tim Tebow’s Eye Black

During the 2011 NFL season, Denver Bronco Quarterback Tim Tebow took the nation by storm by several exciting come from behind victories and by being very open about his Christian faith.  As a student at the University of Florida, Tebow became one of the best college quarterbacks of all-time winning […]